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The Gallery

The McClure Gallery of the VAC is an exhibition venue for professional artists, community based artists, and young emerging artists.  The gallery serves a strong educational function in the community, encouraging public appreciation of contemporary art through seminars, lectures and tours.  Accompanying exhibition catalogues are published when funding is available.

While the gallery mostly serves the Montreal and Quebec visual arts community, it welcomes submissions from further afield. We also welcome proposals from guest curators, through our Curatorial Programme.

Opening Hours:

Tuesday to Friday 12 pm to 6 pm
Saturday 12 pm to 5 pm
* Closed Sunday and Monday
* Closed in July and August

With the Seasons – asinnajaq, curator

May 6 to 28, 2022

In With the Seasons, a new generation of artists from Nunavik takes the stage alongside artwork by a handful of trailblazers. For this exhibition Inuk artist-curator asinnajaq turns to the relationship between Inuk and weather, inviting artists to reflect on a moment in the land to explore its own unique power and influence. Their work will be presented alongside historical artworks from the Avataq Cultural Institute’s Nunavik Inuit Art Collection. This exhibition will be accompanied by a trilingual catalogue.


Rules of Mantis – Madeleine Mayo

June 3 to 23, 2022

Connecting everyday experience with mythical imagination, strangeness and beauty, Madeleine Mayo’s artwork reveals metaphorical abstractions of reciprocal states such as childhood and maturity, secular and spiritual, fantasy and reality. Her series of paintings playfully explore the power of abstraction to provide meaningful ways to approach ambiguity and the unknown. The inherent idealism of abstraction can express, as the artist states, “a critical feminist desire to be lifted up, to move forward, to envision and want more of something felt or imagined”.


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